Deer Plant: Carolina buckthorn (Frangula caroliniana)
Class: browse; highly preferred
Description: A large perennial shrub or small tree occurring in the understories of forests, drainages and stream bottoms. This browse plant has large leaves and showy red (immature) and black (mature) fruit. The Carolina buckthorn fruit is eaten by some species of birds, but white-tailed deer relish the leaves.
This species can be a prolific re-sprouter after a fire.
Carlina buckthorn photos: